Archive for November, 2009

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe for a Thanksgiving Dessert

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Okay, I couldn’t resist one last minute idea for a Thanksgiving dessert.  This easy Thanksgiving recipe is simple to make.  It is a pumpkin cupcakes recipe that takes just minutes but is delicious and will impress your guests. 

One of the concepts I discuss in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget is to make your parties as stress free as possible.  This Thanksgiving dessert is an easy Thanksgiving recipe and I made these cupcakes just a few weeks ago and they came out great. 

This pumpkin cupcakes recipe I picked up from Real Simple Magazine and modified it slightly.

1 18.5 oz box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the packaged directions)
Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg to taste – Generally speaking I use about:
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ginger and ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
12 oz of cream cheese (Bar form, not whipped) – room temperature
6 oz of butter – room temperature
2 cups of powdered sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of lemon juice

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use two 12-cup muffin tins and line them with paper cupcake holders.  Prepare the cake mix as directed but with the following changes:

Add the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste and substitute the can of pumpkin puree for the water that is called for on the package directions. 

Pour the batter into the cupcake holders about half-way and bake for about 18 to 22 minutes or until they are done and then let cool.

In the meantime, combine the butter and cream cheese and beat until smooth.  Make sure they are both at room temperature so that the icing is not lumpy.  Add the sugar and beat until smooth.  Add the vanilla and the lemon juice and mix.

Please note that everyone has a slightly different take on cream cheese icing so you may want to add more sugar or cream cheese, it’s your decision.  Once the cupcakes are cooled, ice and serve. 

You can put mini-pumpkin candies on the top of the cupcakes if you desire for an added touch of décor. 

Budget Bash also offers a recipe on a dairy-free pumpkin pie (page 100), advice on easy design and décor (page 26), step-by-step easy flower arrangements (page 59) and more.  

I hope you enjoy this easy Thanksgiving recipe for an additional Thanksgiving dessert item at your dessert buffet or dinner table.  This pumpkin cupcakes recipe takes no time at all to make and the cupcakes are delicious and moist.  It is also a welcome addition to another Thanksgiving dessert such as apple pie or pumpkin pie. 

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

What to do with Your Leftover Turkey from your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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I was at the gym this morning and while trying to work off the potential pounds I will be gaining this Thursday from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner I will be sharing with my boyfriend’s family, I saw this story on the local news and wanted to pass it along to you.  The story was about what to do with your leftover turkey.  What I liked about these ideas are that they are fast and easy to make and two of them can be served as gluten free dairy free meals.

As I discuss in the book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, make your event planning fun and economical, and these ideas for leftover turkey from your traditional Thanksgiving dinner can help you stretch your dollars (as long as there are leftovers).

Take your leftover turkey, shred the meat, add some BBQ sauce and create a “pulled” turkey dish. If you want, serve coleslaw with a vinaigrette dressing and potato chips on the side to keep it gluten free dairy free. Or, for those not restricted to a gluten free diet, toast a chiabatta or hamburger bun and create a “pulled” turkey sandwich.

Another quick and easy idea for leftover turkey from your traditional Thanksgiving dinner is to create turkey lettuce wraps for those restricted to a gluten free dairy free diet, or create turkey burritos if you are not restricted to a gluten free diet.  (For more easy and delicious gluten free recipes check out pages 89 to 97 in Budget Bash.)

For the turkey burritos, take your leftover turkey meat and either pull it apart or shred it. Then sauté onions and peppers in a pan with some olive oil. Once the onions and peppers are soft, about five minutes, add the turkey and heat. Once warm, remove from heat and serve on a large Romaine or Iceberg lettuce leaf and wrap.  Add your favorite salsa and enjoy!

Again, if you are not restricted to a gluten free dairy free diet, warm a tortilla and spread the mixture onto the tortilla, add some grated Mexican-styled cheese and wrap.  Top it off with salsa and sour cream!

Finally, you can always go with the old stand-by with your leftover turkey by making a turkey pot pie.  Bon Apetit.com has a great recipe for this dish and for the crust on top, just pick up from the market a pre-made pie crust.  Add some of the leftover vegetables into the pie served from your traditional Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy!

I hope you found these tips helpful and that you enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  On Friday or over the weekend, if you have any leftover turkey, then consider one of these menu alternatives that can also be served as gluten free dairy free meals.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Gluten Gluten Free Dairy Free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Custard for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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The countdown to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner is starting, just 5 days away so I wanted to make sure to give you this gluten free dairy free, vegan pumpkin pie custard recipe.  It’s quick and easy to make and if you don’t tell anyone the custard is gluten free dairy free, vegan pumpkin pie custard they will never know.

Gluten Free Dairy Free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Custard
(Note:  This recipe makes 8 servings.  Also, you can pour the pumpkin custard directly into a 9” Pyrex baking dish if you prefer a “pudding” style pie.)

1½ cups of soymilk
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1½ cups of solid-pack canned pumpkin or cooked pumpkin
½ cup sugar (preferably raw or Turbinado) or other sweetener
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, whisk together the soymilk and cornstarch until smooth and then stir in the pumpkin, sugar or other sweetener, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  I prefer to adjust the spices to taste.  Pour into either 8 large ramekins or a 9” Pyrex baking dish and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until firm.  Ovens vary so start checking at 45 minutes to prevent over baking.  You want the filling to be set but the center still trembles slightly. 

Cool before cutting.

I hope you have a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving dinner and that you enjoy this gluten free dairy free, vegan pumpkin pie custard recipe.  For other gluten free dairy free vegan desserts such as Berry Mousse Topped with Seasonal Fruit (page 101) as well as recipes for dinners and appetizers pick up a copy of Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget

You can read about Budget Bash and what it offers including advice on invitations (page 15), step-by-step easy flower arrangements (page 59) and more at www.budgetbashbook.com.   Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Entertaining Ideas and Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Wow, the year has flown by and in just a few days Thanksgiving will be here.  We keep hearing about the economy not being as strong as it used to be, so what I thought I would do is suggest some entertaining ideas and Thanksgiving table decorations that are low-cost and that you can add to your holiday party ideas portfolio.      

Let’s start with a centerpiece of colorful Thanksgiving flowers that you can pick up at the market.  Use a color scheme of orange, yellow, red, rust, white and green tones and pick up sunflowers, dahlias, Gerber daisies and hydrangeas that are readily available at the market or flower shop.  One of the entertaining ideas I suggest in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget is to take these Thanksgiving flowers and  arrange them in items you already own like glass vases or water pitchers.  Other holiday party ideas for Thanksgiving include taking natural elements such as a pumpkin, hallowing out the center and then using the pumpkin as a vase for your Thanksgiving table decorations

An interesting twist on Thanksgiving table decorations is to take a sunflower or Gerber daisy, cut the majority of the stem off leaving a couple of inches and then use rocks or glass stones to anchor the stem down at the bottom of a low glass vase and fill it with water.  Add a floating candle if you wish and there you have a stylish, low-cost arrangement using a selection of Thanksgiving flowers.   What I also like about this arrangement is that you can recycle the elements for other occasions as well.  Check out some other easy-to-do table decorations including step-by-step instructions on elegant napkin folds (page 65-page 69) in Budget Bash.

Another one of the entertaining ideas I discuss in Budget Bashis to use candles.  The more the merrier and they really set a nice mood to any event.  Instead of using glass votives, why not as part of your Thanksgiving table decorations use mini-pumpkins or green acorn squash, hallow out the center and then place a votive candle inside. Now you have a creative twist and a conversation starter on your dinner table or buffet. 

Holiday party ideasfor Thanksgiving include complimenting these vegetable votives with magnolia leaf table place cards.  Simply pick up from a florist a bunch of magnolia leaves and use a gold metallic pen to write your guest’s name on the leaf.  You can also use maple leaves as well for these place cards.  In fact, why not use a combination of maple leaves, silk and real Thanksgiving flowers as part of your Thanksgiving table decorations.  You can also save money on Thanksgiving flowers by just clustering or grouping different flowers on the table for the evening or purchasing some rose petals and placing them on the table for extra color as well.

One of my favorite entertaining ideas for Thanksgiving is a dairy-free pumpkin pie.  Just substitute cornstarch for the eggs and soy milk for the evaporated milk.  You can find the recipe for this dairy-free dessert as well as other desserts including recipes for vegan and gluten-free menu items in Budget Bash

I hope you found these entertaining ideas for Thanksgiving table decorations helpful.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra; make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all! And for more party ideas for all occasions including weddings and dinner parties go to www.budgetbashbook.com

Party Entertaining with Party Finger Foods

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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The holiday season is fast approaching and even though the recession may soon end, people are still a bit cost-conscious in regards to party entertaining.  When it comes to holiday party ideas and cocktail parties, people still desire the highest return on their investment even if it is a cocktail party where you are serving party finger foods.  As I explain in my book Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, you can throw inexpensive yet elegant cocktail parties quickly and easily.  Here are a few menu suggestions and event décor tips to help you be the host or hostess with the biggest bang for your buck.

Theme – Everything That is Old is New Again

Party Entertaining and Event Décor

• Host an open house and monitor your invitation list
• Re-use your table linen from previous cocktail parties but add a decorative overlay or table runner
• Purchase candles.  They are inexpensive event décor that create ambiance and set the holiday mood.  Holiday party ideas using candles include colored pillar candles and votives, hurricanes wrapped with natural greens such as holly, pine or flowers such as red roses or white hydrangeas.
• Substitute your iPod for a DJ or Band
• Buy seasonal greens and fresh flowers at the market and create your own centerpieces or place loose greens and flowers on your buffet as accent pieces. 
• Cluster groupings of flowers on your dinner table instead of buying vases.

Here is a great event décor tip combining ambiance and style for your holiday table.

• Obtain tall glass containers either square or cylinder shaped and then take one stem of a flower such as a cymbidium orchid or a grouping of roses or tulips and submerge them in water. 
• Place the rocks, crystals or glass stones on the bottom of the container and stick the stem or grouping of flowers in these stones to hold the flowers down on the bottom of the container.  You can also mix in lighted plastic neon ice cubes and hold them down as well using the stones as an anchor. 
• Add the water and the floating candle and there you have a submerged arrangement using candles.

Party Entertaining with Party Finger Foods and a Holiday Specialty Drink

One of the many holiday party ideas you can use to help you maintain your budget when giving cocktail parties is to include an anti-pasta buffet as part of your menu.  Anti-pasta stations are a great way to serve a lot of people inexpensively.  Cheeses, dried fruits, crostini and breadsticks, canapés, cured meats, dips and bite-size desserts are party finger foods that are easily obtainable at any market and are fast and effortless to prepare and display.  Have small plastic plates and cocktail napkins on the buffet to prevent those with eyes wider than their stomachs from taking more than they will eat at these cocktail parties. If it is a nighttime affair, serve a holiday alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drink along with wine, beer, sodas and waters to avoid serving a full-bar.

Below is a sample menu with food suggestions that are easy to prepare.  Budget Bash has many of the recipes for the food selections listed below.

Party Finger Foods Menu with a Holiday Specialty Drink

Brie and Pear Quesadillas
Flour Tortillas filled with Freshly Sliced Pear and Brie Cheese

Array of Imported European Cheeses
Artichoke Bruschetta
Olive Tapenade
Dried Dates and Cranberries
 With a selection of Whole Wheat Pita, Vegetable Chips and Sourdough Toasts

Mini-Turkey Sandwiches
Accompanied with Cranberry Chutney Relish

Roast Beef Canapés Topped with Horseradish Crème Fresh
Served on Thinly Sliced Toasts

Cucumber Cups
Hollowed out Cucumber Rolls filled with Salmon Mousse

Dessert
Carrot Cake Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Espresso Brownies
Maple Pecan Cookies

Holiday Specialty Drink
Peppermint-tini

Finally, you may want to consider with your party entertaining an inexpensive party favor for your friends to take with them when they leave such as a small organza bag with a pine-scented candle, a sachet filled with dried holiday spices or quite simply a card letting them know in honor of their presence you have made a donation to a local charity.

So just keep in mind this upcoming party entertaining that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain when considering your holiday party ideas.  You can host cocktail parties that include simple yet stylish event décor and low-cost but tasty party finger foods and impress your friends and family with your entertaining savvy.  Remember the Budget Bash mantra; make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Party Planning Ideas for Event Coordinators

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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Recently, I attended a luncheon for event coordinators at the Century City Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.  This event gave me some great party planning ideas and a recipe for a twist on strawberry cheesecake that I would like to share with you. The event décor,  set-up and catering ideas from this event would also work for wedding parties or any other special event you may throw.

We were lucky enough that it was a typical sunny California day and that X-Bar, the hotel bar, has a great outdoor patio.  The event décor was simple yet effective one of the party planning ideas I discuss in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget. The event coordinators from the hotel used the existing lounge furniture and created multiple seating pods for the luncheon.  This is a great event décor idea for saving money because by using your existing backyard or home furniture for wedding parties or other special events, you provide comfortable seating and dining areas for your guests to mingle and eat in.

Another cool event décor element was that the hotel used metal lighting trusses, flipped them on their sides, stacked them and then placed plexi-glass on top to create buffet displays.  The triangular-shaped buffet was placed in the center making the food easily accessible to the event coordinators from where ever they were sitting.  Other creative and fun party planning ideas at the event included interactive panini stations whereby the chefs served filet of beef, scallop, duck confit and mozzarella, tomato and basil paninis.  These food stations are a great catering example of serving sandwiches but with updated flair, style and taste.  Believe me, I went up to the panini stations at least three times in the course of an hour.   These panini stations are also great for luncheon buffets at wedding parties since you can control your costs by selecting the type of panini you serve.  In addition, by catering small sandwich portions on little plates, the guests will have a variety of selections and more often than not become full quickly.

The desserts were another example of creative party planning ideas.   They were mini-desserts that you could easily pick up and eat without a fork.  One of the concepts I discuss in Budget Bash is that sometimes you can get away with using just cocktail napkins with your catering if you are looking to save money on rentals at wedding parties or other special events.  A sampling of the desserts served were peanut butter cheesecake squares, black forest cake squares on sticks (they were essentially lollipops) and a creative twist on strawberry cheesecake.  The strawberries looked like chocolate covered strawberries, but when you bit into one, there was cheesecake filling in the center.  Needless to say, I had to eat three strawberries to ensure that I could recommend them to other event coordinators.  What’s great about this recipe is that it is easy to make yet very impressive and delicious.  The catering department at the Hyatt was kind enough to share this recipe with me and here it is. 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry “Cheesecake” 

Halve 12 Driscoll strawberries

Scoop out center and fill with your favorite cheesecake filling.  If you don’t have a cheesecake filling, you can mix equal parts of cream cheese and powdered sugar together to create one.

Place strawberry halves back together, and dip in melted chocolate to create a holding seal.

Gently rub or sprinkle Graham Cracker crumbs while chocolate is wet and then cool before serving.

I hope that you can take some of these party planning ideas and incorporate them into your event décor and catering for wedding parties or other special events you might plan.  As event coordinators, we are always on the hunt for the next best thing, and I plan to post more of these event ideas for you to use and incorporate at your own parties.  Until next time, remember to be a guest at your own event and to make it simple, fun and delicious!

Selecting the Right Party Caterer for Your Special Event

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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I was recently asked to write an article about selecting the right party caterer for your special event by Julian Mellicovsky.  His website Book of Cooks is a great resource for researching and contacting party caterers and private chefs in your local area.  As we all know, the holiday season is fast approaching and this is the time of year when most people entertain.  It doesn’t matter the size of your holiday or dinner party; what matters is the importance of assembling a team of experts to support you and make you look like a star.  Your selection should include the right party caterer to help you produce your event with style, taste and great food.  Most people will remember your special event by the décor and the food served, and thus it is crucial for you to maintain a list of good party caterers.  Therefore, when selecting the caterer or private chef consider and research your choice wisely before hiring him or her.

One of the aspects of a special event I discuss in my book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, is when hiring the caterer or private chef for your event it is important to first interview him or her.  Research what type of food they prepare, who their client base is and what type of food they are passionate about.  Also with party caterers consider what they charge in terms of catering your party and how they present their food.  Ask for sample menus and check to see if you can watch them in action.  It may be difficult to observe them at a small event, but many times prior to a special event starting, I will be “backstage” observing the party caterer, the kitchen and service staff and how the present the food at the special event

Also, check references, and more importantly CALL THOSE REFERENCES.  It amazes me how often people don’t follow up on a reference and then they are disappointed when the service or the caterer doesn’t meet their expectations.  It is also important, especially if you are serving a particular type of food at your party, that you use a party caterer or private chef that specializes in the type of food genre you choose to serve at your special event.  Of course, any trained or experienced chef can prepare and cook any type of food but I believe that if you are looking to create a specific themed dinner such as an Eco-Friendly dinner, you need to hire party caterers who specialize in macrobiotic vegan food preparation and green practices and presentation. 

Determine your food and service budget prior to meeting with your chef or the caterer.  When you meet with them, be honest and realistic.  Don’t present them with a pasta and hamburger budget and expect to eat Kobe beef and Maine lobster.  Remember, service is a secondary component of the catering budget and with workman’s compensation insurance, business insurance and other business costs your food budget most often is higher than you first estimated. 

In addition, many catering companies include a service fee that may range from 10% on up to 22% or higher.  This fee may cover operating costs such as transportation, refrigerator trucks (if it is a large event), commercial kitchen fees, trays and service items, tips for the staff or prep staff to name a few.  When you are presented with a bill and it simply states staff with a price, don’t hesitate to ask what the breakdown of staff is.  How many servers, kitchen help, scullery crew or prep personnel does this fee include?  After all, it is your special event and you are paying for a service; you need to know what you are paying for.

All party caterers or private chefs and their staff usually clean-up their kitchen area when they finish the job.  If their kitchen is set-up in an area other than in your house, then it is best to cover the ground with Astroturf or another type of non-skid carpet to prevent an accident from occurring.  It also makes clean-up more efficient since the Astroturf is taken away after the special event is over.

Therefore, when selecting a party caterer or private chef for your next special event, consider the helpful tips I suggested here in this article and in Budget Bash.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions whether it is a food or price item.  Give the caterer or private chef an accurate guest count to prevent them from an embarrassing situation such as running out of food.  Remember, you are the host, make sure the team behind you supports you and makes you look like a star host or hostess and don’t forget to be a guest at your own event.

Social Media and Wedding Planning Ideas

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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As I discussed in my last blog, the web is creating smaller and smaller worlds via social media and event planning companies.  I met Noa Gafni of Webutantes by an article someone mentioned on either Twitter or Linkedin.  I can’t remember it’s getting so confusing.  Anyway, the article was about wedding planning ideas.

In particular, this article was a mini- wedding planning guide and provided wedding planning ideas and resources.  What caught my eye though was the resource discussion because they were listed for people who are on a budget and cannot afford wedding coordinators.  A bell went off as I thought about Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous events on a Budget since it to can be used as a wedding planning guide.  In the book, I discuss all the steps necessary to creating a stylish event for the budget-conscious consumer. 

I then used my acquired social media skills and tracked Noa down for the pitch.  She loved the idea of budgets but instead of adding to the already mentioned wedding planning ideas she posted, she requested an article on how to throw a cocktail party on a budget.  That topic was right up my alley and I sent her information that included advice and links for invitations, music and food.  I even included a menu that was easy-to-make.  Many of the helpful tips I used in the article are based upon my experience working for other event planning companies as well as my own.

A funny note here, I thought my social media skills were pretty up-to-date but paled in comparison to Noa’s.  She edited my article and listed links to music and invitation websites that were more current.  Then again, I am still learning this medium; she is well-versed and experienced in social media.

The menu I provided her also got me to venture out beyond my known sources since she requested recipes from various sites.  I provided her with great easy-to-make appetizers such as the red-salmon dip, mushroom rolls, sun dried tomato and olive tapenade bruschetta, but also gave her some new recipes too.  The honey lemon chicken skewers with vegetables and the mini-peppermint cheesecakes with chocolate chips were two new recipes I researched for her blog.  What I liked about these two hors d’oeuvres were that they fit right into my mantra – make it simple, fast and delicious. 

You can view the full article and get the recipes on Noa’s blog.  Again, it all comes down to social media and event planning companies and how we are all connected via the web.  The blog that acts as a mini- wedding planning guide for those brides searching for wedding planning ideas can also be found posted on the September 8, 2009 Webutantes blog. 

For the red-salmon dip, mushroom rolls, sun dried tomato and olive tapenade bruschetta recipes, check out Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.  Until next time, remember to have fun and be a guest at your own event!

Event Planning Services Meet-Up via Twitter

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

With the increase of technology, computer programs and applications, the world continues to get smaller and smaller for all industries, including event planning services.  One day, I was twittering around and ran across wedding event planner Carlo from Carlo at Your Service.  Her recipe for a Watermarkitini caught my eye and we have been communicating ever since. 

As a wedding event planner myself, I know the importance of using social media to increase awareness of my event planning services.  Plus it is fun to communicate and get to know others in your industry around the country as well as the world.  It is a great way to share information, pick up a recipe or two and learn about what your colleagues are working on in real time.

Carlo has the extra challenge with her event planning services because of her location, Detroit, Michigan.  Unless you have been hiding under a rock this past year, you know the challenges facing Detroit, economically and socially.  Their new mayor, Dave Bing, is working towards the positive revitalization program of Detroit and Carlo is part of the large and expansive team assisting in this effort.  Her wedding event planner “hat” is multi-faceted allowing her to develop her service skills to reach a new market and teaming up with Mayor Bing is one way she has diversified her business.  In fact, according to Carlo, “catering to people or taking care of people isn’t a stretch – you give them the same excellent service that you would want to pay for. I love taking care of people; to the point where they’re amazed at how well they’re actually being cared for.”

Another crazy small world aspect about event coordinators meeting up via social media is the fact that Carlo used to work in Los Angeles.  In fact, that is where she got the bug for event services and learned what it takes to provide excellent service, a trademark of any professional in the event services industry and something I discuss in my book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget

As event coordinators, we talk all the time about what is working for us in the moment, what our goals are for our businesses and what we have learned from working in the event services business for so many years.  It is crazy how much we share in common even though our businesses are 3,000 miles apart.  The fact that we both like to create signature drinks for our events as well got us both laughing and of course, I have to share her Watermarkitini recipe with you. 

The Watermarkitini was created as the signature cocktail for an event showcasing the upcoming luxury condominium real estate development project, The Watermark Detroit, owned by: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing & Trucking magnate Roger Penske.  The recipe is as follows:

1 shot of Absolut Vanilla Vodka
1 shot Bols Banana Liqueur
Cherry pomegranate juice
Pineapple juice
Cocktail shaker
Crushed ice
Maraschino cherries, drained and rinsed in water
Orange slices
Pineapple chunk
Cocktail swords

Directions
Fill cocktail shaker with 1/4 of ice.
Add vodka.
Add banana liqueur
Fill cocktail shaker with cherry pomegranate juice to 1/4 of the top
Shake well
Pour cocktail into martini glass
Top with a splash of pineapple juice
Spear sword through pineapple chunk, cherry and orange – place on the rim of martini glass
 
Makes 2 cocktails

So next time you are tooling around on the internet, think about all the options there are in meeting new people, discovering information and learning about a new recipe or two.  After all, if two event coordinators from opposite ends of the country can help one another, think of the endless opportunities in all aspects of event planning services.